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Group Photo of Japan Culture Class

Photo of PCC Japan Culture Class in Tokyo, Summer 2019

Are you ready to apply to study abroad? Check out our Program Options and consider how study abroad fits in with your academic, personal, and professional goals. Need help deciding which program is right for you? Read through the program page to check for course prerequisites and program highlights, then connect with the course instructor to learn about the program itinerary.

Watch our First Steps Videos

These videos are the first step in studying abroad at PCC. Watch each video to learn about the application process, timeline, program costs, and funding your study abroad experience.

First Steps Video: Application Process & Timeline

  • This video is required viewing as a part of your Education Abroad Application. Google Slides available for download.

First Steps Video: Start Your Application

 

First Steps Video: Understanding Program Costs

 

First Steps Video: Funding Your Study Abroad Experience

If you have questions after watching these videos, connect with an Education Abroad Advisor by attending an Education Abroad Advising Hour, emailing studyabroad@pcc.edu,or calling 971-722-7117.

Make your Plan

As you prepare to study abroad at PCC, consider:

  • Academic: How does studying abroad fit into your academic plan?
    If you are assigned an Academic Advisor at PCC, it is a good idea to let them know of your intentions to study abroad. If you aren’t currently assigned an Academic Advisor and want to discuss how an Ed Abroad course could fit into your academic plan, visit PCC Advising to make an appointment with an academic advisor.
  • Financial: How do you plan to pay for the program?
    Consider Financial Aid, scholarships, and personal savings to cover the cost of studying abroad. Contact the Financial Aid Office to review your award package by completing this Study Abroad & Financial Aid Google Form. Check out the scholarships on our website.  If you are eligible for a Pell Grant, we strongly encourage you to apply for the Gilman Scholarship.
  • Travel Preparation: Apply for or renew your passport now. Processing a passport application can take up to 3 months, so complete it early!

Start Your Application

 

Apply for a 2024 Program »

Application deadlines for summer 2024 programs have passed. The application deadline for Fall 2024 (Cuba) is May 22, 2024.

Visit the Education Abroad Portal to create your account and start your program application.

When logging into the application portal, select one of the following:

  • If you are currently taking classes at PCC, then select the “Campus ID” login button
  • If you are not currently taking classes at PCC, then select the “Portal Account” login button

Not a PCC student but wish to enroll in an Ed Abroad course? Complete the Ed Abroad application via the link above and enroll in PCC the same term as your program course. Standard PCC enrollment deadlines apply. Visit PCC Enrollment for details.

Once you log in, then select your preferred program and click the Apply Now button. There is no fee to apply!

After you submit your application, the Education Abroad staff will review it and email you with next steps. If you are Conditionally Accepted to a PCC study abroad program, then visit our Accepted Students page.

Application Timeline

Here is an overview of the study abroad program application timeline:

Summer 2024 programs:

  • September: program application opens
  • February 15: Application deadline (Deadline Extended to Thursday, February 22, 2024)
  • February 22: $500 nonrefundable program deposit deadline (Deadline Extended to Monday, February 26, 2024)
    (you can submit after you have been conditionally accepted to your study abroad program)
  •  March: Programs confirmed to run, Pre-Departure orientation sessions to prepare for travel

Fall 2024 (Cuba):

  • September: program application opens
  • May 15: Application deadline
  • May 22: $500 nonrefundable program deposit deadline (you can submit after you have been conditionally accepted to your study abroad program)
  • Late May: Programs confirmed to run
  • June: Pre-departure orientation sessions to prepare for travel

Eligibility Requirements

To participate in a PCC study abroad program, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be 18 years of age or older by program start date.
  • Maintain good academic and disciplinary standing.
  • Complete the prerequisite course(s) for the study abroad program prior to the program start date.
  • Attend an Information Session or meet individually with an Ed Abroad Advisor.
  • Possess qualities of independence, self-reliance, and maturity necessary for studying abroad.
  • Develop the willingness and ability to embrace the challenges of studying abroad.

Program Cancellation, Withdrawal, and Refund Policies

Program Cancellation Policy

Study abroad programs can be canceled due to several factors, including low enrollment and multiple criteria related to the health and safety of the local area. These may include travel restrictions due to natural disasters, public health warnings, and Covid-19 rates. The PCC Education Abroad Office works closely with our program provider partners in countries where our programs travel to maintain the health and safety of our students and faculty while abroad. The PCC Education Abroad Office, in consultation with PCC Risk Management, may decide to cancel a program if the risk of sending students and faculty to a particular destination during the program dates is too great.

Withdrawal policy

It is the student’s responsibility to notify the PCC Education Abroad Office directly if they wish to withdraw from the program. A student may officially withdraw from a program by providing written notification with an explanation of their withdrawal to the PCC Education Abroad Office.

A student is not considered withdrawn from a program until written notification is received. Withdrawing from a program does not, however, absolve a student of their responsibility of covering program costs.

If a student withdraws from a PCC study abroad course, standard PCC term payment and timeline deadlines apply. If you need to drop or withdraw from the course, review the PCC drop deadline website for more information on timelines and potential financial consequences.

Refund Policy
  • The $500 program deposit is non-refundable unless the program is canceled. If the program cannot run due to low enrollment or other unforeseen reasons, you will receive your $500 deposit back (unless you owe money to the college).
  • Once you have confirmed your place in a program and the program deposit deadline has passed, financial expenses and commitments for future expenses will be made on your behalf. The $500 deposit you submit will not be refunded if you drop or withdraw.
  • If you withdraw from the course after you pay the deposit but BEFORE course registration, you will not be billed for the remaining program fee and tuition.
  • Once the program begins, no refunds will be considered for students.
  • PCC is not responsible for any losses incurred by students who become ineligible to attend the program or who are dismissed once the program has begun.